UCI bids to extend Olympic cycling programme for Rio 2016 with three extra events

Will bid for more BMX and MTB events, plus points races on the track

by Sarah Barth   February 3, 2013  

Dani King leads GB women's Team Pursuit at London 2012 (copyright www.britishcycling.org.uk)

Track cycling and other cycling diciplines could see a major shakeup with plans to extend the 2016 Olympic Games cycling programme to incude three extra events in Rio.

The UCI is expected to bid for the points races to return - they featured in Beijing but were replaced in favour of the multi-event omnium, for reasons of gender parity.

Other changes that are wanted are an extension to the BMX and mountain bike programmes to include more than the one discipline that was competed in at the London Games.

The new events would be BMX Freestyle and Mountain Bike Eliminator.

There is speculation that the omnium could be dropped, although that has not been confirmed by the UCI.

A statement from the UCI management committee read: 'With regards to the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro (BRA), the management committee expressed its support for a proposal to be made to the International Olympic Committee for the addition to the cycling programme of a points race and BMX freestyle and mountain bike eliminator events for both men and women.'

Other news from the meeting of the Management Committee includes the ratification of the use of race radios in WorldTour events, and an addition of the Enduro format to the Mountain Bike discipline.

 

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Hmm, there are ~6 disciplines of "BMX Freestyle"..... another omnium? Wink

posted by CarlosFerreiro [56 posts]
3rd February 2013 - 10:14

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woo, more mountain biking. How thrilling Plain Face

posted by andyp [898 posts]
3rd February 2013 - 12:27

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Surely cyclocross should have a shout - maybe more of a winter Olympic sport going by the weather at Louisville - but there's no doubt that it's grown exponentially over the past few years and always a fantastic spectator sport.

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posted by _SiD_ [179 posts]
3rd February 2013 - 17:19

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It makes sense to increase the use of the BMX and mountain bike facilities. For 2012 two big centres were built for about five minutes' use each.

But by the same token, the velodrome is one of the more expensive venues for a host to build - and it's only used for a few days. More events all round, I say.

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posted by Gizmo_ [867 posts]
4th February 2013 - 14:14

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